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Chart swaps?

Hi there! We are relatively new to cruising and living on our 28' Intrepid sailboat and we were wondering about chart swaps or exchanges? We had to buy as $130 chart at West Marine in order to keep moving and we would like to avoid spending so much in the future. We were wondering if other cruisers exchange charts with other cruisers or if there is some sort of chart swap? Again I apologize we are rather new to this. I know marine consignment stores have older charts which is fine too but just wondering what is out there.

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It would help if you said what areas you've been sailing in, and where you're looking to go. Also, I would highly recommend not using old charts, since there's usually a good reason new chart editions are published.
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I also would be interested in "old" charts and or swaps. The age of the charts really isn't an issue as you can update them per the notice to mariners as well as a "catalog" or culmination of the notice to mariners for specific charts. Sooo.. you would only need to go through the charts and update them. It's been my experience that not alot changes, and the larger scale charts often don't show detail on places like inlets that are prone to constant changes anyhow ! and often suggest seeking "local" knowledge.
Furthermore most of the sounding Data and Datum is often decades old !
Check out american practical Navigator (Bowditch) for the particulars on how to obtain updates for charts as well as where to get the info and keep the "new" charts updated.
Consider also the lag-time from the data collection to the print and distribution of "up-to-date " charts and you'll probably conclude (as I have) that there is no such thing as a completely "current" or accurate chart !
Good navigation practices and sound decision making as well as speaking to as many other saiolors as possible that have recently traveled your intended route will go far.
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Re: Chart swaps

Hello again!

We will hopefully be making Norfolk and the AICW sometime mid-next week and we have charts through the Florida border. We would like to get a chart for Florida including the Gulf Coast. We will have an almost brand new Norfolk, VA-Florida border chart book they we will likely not need anymore because we intend to stay south of their indefinitely :-)

Any ideas on a chart swap or the best way to get inexpensive charts?? Age of the chart is not an issue as another poster said as long as you make the notes on your chart regarding changes, you should be fine. We cruised from RI to Maryland on a 2003 chart book and only ran aground once in a marina (is it running aground techincally if they have you dock at the end of a T dock and at low tide you get stuck?)

Anyway any suggestions would be much appreciated!! Thanks! Nicole
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If your running the ditch most of the way you can pick up the local fishing charts that span a considerable distance as you go. they are usually free and I see them almost everywhere.
Another option would be to download the charts free online and print them out yourself. the problem with finding charts to go south as you are going south is that everyone else is probably heading that way as well ! and therefore they need them as well !
if your passing through St. Augustine try the sailors exchange there , you might get lucky and find some charts. Or ask everybogy you see and maybe someone will have some to get rid of.
I got lucky and got a load of charts a while back , but I'm not letting loose of them !
I do however like the maptech chartkits, it's nice to have paper in the cockpit and a CD to do the planning and routing.
PM me when you get closer to Daytona , I'll probably be here for at least a couple more weeks. maybe something will come available. a marina in the area is having a nautical flea market next weekend , so there is no telling what may be available.
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